Painting is a labor of love. I was introduced to painting as a young child by my grandmother and I believe my need for artistic expression in various forms throughout my life came from her. Art was always my favorite subject in school and although I intended to complete a degree from the University of Michigan in kinesiology or education, I just couldn’t resist immersing myself in art classes. I changed majors and schools to follow my heart and received a BFA with concentrations in Photography and Painting from Eastern Michigan University. Painting was put on the back-burner while I was consumed with my career as a wedding photographer and then eventually the corporate world. Since moving back to the lakeshore, I have had a renewed drive to focus my energy on personal artistic expression that is at the core of my being.
I paint to create a feeling and evoke an intuitive response of the subject interacting with the audience. It’s a fascinating experience to try to capture and convey the essence of a complex being, their unique personality and depth of soul, in a single image. The goal is to make a connection of a 2-D object (i.e. canvas and paint) to an emotion or memory or desire within the viewer that brings the art to life as only each individual viewer can experience it.